The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to “bloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”.
I was both grateful and quite surprised to have received this award! This is because I don’t necessarily think of myself as a ‘positive’ kind of person, but I am glad that my pessimistic side has not seemed to have rubbed off in my work too much! I would like to thank Salvageable for nominating me for it, especially as he writes entries on a range of interesting things himself. I would particularly recommend his entry on To fly or not to fly (the Confederate flag) if you want read something that is both informative and relevant.
Here are the rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you
- Nominate 11 other bloggers for this award
- Write the same number of questions for the bloggers you have nominated
- Notify the bloggers you nominated
Why did you decide to create your blog?
After I completed my degree at university, I needed something that would help me truly embrace my creative side whilst writing about an issue I cared deeply about. It’s been one of the better decisions I’ve made in my life.
What kind of reader are you imagining as you write a post?
It depends on the post to be honest. If I’m writing about an issue such as my recent post on Syria’s children, then I am hopeful that it will attract readers who obviously care and want to know more about the subject. On the other hand, if I am writing a post based on my own feelings, I imagine the reader would be someone who experiences similar emotions and (hopefully) finds some solace in knowing that they are not alone in their struggle.
Which of your posts is your favorite?
This is a difficult one to answer. I’m proud of quite a few of my posts. Yet if my hand were forced I would choose my entry on Mental Illness in the Workplace. I remember putting a lot of research into that entry and trying to think about it from both an employer and an employee’s perspective. The fact that so many people responded positively to it and wrote comments etc is a bonus!
For what are you most thankful?
I am most thankful for the fact that I have a supportive network of family and friends, even if in my bad episodes I do not fully appreciate them at the time.
What is your favorite memory from childhood?
I have several that stand out. My mum encouraging me to watch the first episode of the newly revived version Doctor Who is up there. 11 years on I’m still (to the dismay of my family and friends) still watching it and referencing it ad nauseum!
If you could enroll in exactly one class for the next year, what would you choose to study?
While I have a degree in English Literature, I have thought about returning to university to do a Masters in creative writing. Maybe one day.
If you won or inherited millions of dollars, what is the first thing you would buy?
I can’t think of many things I’d like to own as such, but what I would do with that amount of money is to use it to travel to places I can currently only look at on my computer screen (assuming I am in a mentally sound place at the time of course).
What do you hope you will be doing ten years from today?
While I do enjoy being a teaching assistant, I would ideally be working in a job that will hopefully a lot less full on and stressful than my current occupation! In an ideal world I’d like to write for a living, but I can settle for doing/being part of something creative!
My nominees are:
My eight questions to you all:
- What is your favourite season and why?
- What is your favourite colour?
- Would you rather go sky jumping or cage diving?
- What is the most therapeutic physical activity that you engage in?
- At what time of the day do you feel most energised? Morning or evening?
- If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
- If you could meet any historical figure who would it be and why?
- Why do you blog? Is it for yourself? Is it because you believe you have a duty to write about a subject that is often shunned aside by society? Whatever your reasons I am keen to hear them.
On a side note I appreciate that not everyone enjoys or finds it useful to make these kind of posts on their blog. So if you decide not to then I completely understand. All I ask is that you continue to create content that inspires others. Whether directly or indirectly. I think it’s a great thing.
Emotional support helplines:
Samaritans :116 123
Rethink Mental Illness advice line 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday 09:30-16:00; local rate)
Sane Line:0845 767 8000
Mind also has a useful guide of support and services, which can be found by clicking the link right here